Beijing, China, 25th February 2011—Nibbling on a piece of dried southern Schisandra fruit, Mr Liu, the CEO of a prestigious traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) trading company in Zhejiang Province is savoring the sweetness and aroma of the produce.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Hyderabad, India, 24th February 2011—TRAFFIC India in association with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, Andhra Pradesh Forest Academy (APFA) and with the support of the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), organized a workshop earlier this month on strengthening wildlife law enforcement in India.
Quito, Ecuador, 22nd February 2011—TRAFFIC is applying new approaches to reducing illegal and commercial hunting in Yasuní Biosphere Reserve in Amazonian Ecuador.
Instead of a traditional approach targeting male hunters, TRAFFIC and project partners are instead working through existing womens’ groups in indigenous communities, such as the Huaorani, to reduce the illicit trade in wild meat that is threatening many of the region’s wildlife species.
Oxford, UK, 21st February 2011—The trade in live primates worldwide involves tens of thousands of individuals per year, with a linear increase in export numbers over the last 15 years, while the trade in dead primates involves an estimated in excess of a million animals a year according to a new study published in Endangered Species Research.
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 21st-23rd February 2011—Law enforcers are being trained this week on how to identify threatened reptile species and familiarize themselves with international wildlife protection policies in an effort to combat illegal wildlife trade in the ASEAN region.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 18th February 2011—A string of seizures at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport this January has turned up an array of illegally acquired wildlife including a pair of one of the world’s rarest birds, the Bali Myna.
Tokyo, Japan, 16th February 2011—TRAFFIC Japan today hosted a seminar entitled “Towards traceability and sustainable use of marine resources: international trends and activities in Japan”, and in a TRAFFIC first, the seminar was broadcast live online.
Bangkok, Thailand, 10th February 2011—A man who went on a wildlife shopping spree in Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market was detained by authorities at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday as he tried to smuggle his haul—that included live snakes, tortoises, squirrels, spiders, lizards and even a parrot—out of the country inside three suitcases.
The Indonesian man was stopped after the regular luggage scanning process at the airport showed images of an array of animals stuffed inside his three black bags.